Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.

Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2012

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Ratings:
1,841
Reviews:
199
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
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1.72/5  rDev -61.7%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Stakebone
3.09/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in NYC. Pours cloudy straw. Good hop aroma for style. Although nothing but hops in the nose. A bit thin for a pale ale. Almost no malt to round out hop flavor and bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor are the highlights of this beer but that's about it.

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3.24/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of BradMatton13
3.24/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another over rated beer, i like these guys but the way some treat them you think they were gods, they also have better beer then some of the ones that are higher rated

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's good not great.

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3.34/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -24.3%

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3.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Currently #95 in the Top 250.

On-draught @ The Ginger Man NYC. $9/13oz.

HEAD: 2cm high. Gorgeously frothy with a wonderfully soft even consistency and a nice complexion. Smooth and creamy, leaving coating lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes - which takes about 5 minutes (not bad).

BODY: Chill haze and nontransparent indicate a lack of filtration (which I guess the hip kids attribute to the so-called "East coast style" - though I make no such regional distinctions). Translucent but not very vibrant, coming in at a drab orange colour. No yeast or sediment is visible but I'd be reticent to call it clean looking given how hazy it is.

Well-carbonated judging by appearance. Not unique or special looking, but the unfiltered body does catch the eye a bit.

AROMA: Fresh citrus pulp is present, bending more towards classic orange instead of hip new world hop tangerine (to its benefit). Hill Farmstead's mastery as the Simcoe whisperer is paid testament here, with subtle oniony notes working their way in without rendering it in any way off-putting. Pale malts keep it balanced.

Those after oily, resinous, overtly floral, herbal, or dank hop aromatics needn't apply; this is up-the-middle citrus and onion.

Aromatic intensity is light; I had to search for what I found.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Yogurty creamsicle sherbert notes take me by surprise, showing this IPA does have a new world hop bend after all. The citrus pulp is there (though it lacks the expressiveness and depth you'd expect in a world class citra-hopped IPA), as is the subtle Simcoe onion, but the yogurt dominates, bringing cool tanginess to the table to balance out that citric acidity. I get a blip of lime in the late second act.

Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, somewhat refreshing, of fair softness, and cool. Carbonation approaches perfection. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste, with the cool creamy vibe of the texture feeding into the yogurt tones nicely.

Bitterness/sweetness balance is good, leaning towards the malts. Some drinkers may crave more oily pungency and bitter grapefruit, and for them imbalanced expressions of the style from Green Flash, Stone, and the like will appease. For drinkers who value balance, this is a refreshing change of pace.

Depth of flavour and complexity could be improved, to nitpick. Flavour duration and intensity are merely average.

OVERALL: A well-brewed IPA, but I don't know that I'd count it amongst the top 100 beers worldwide. Certainly not the finest brew even just in Hill Farmstead's oeuvre, but more than worthwhile and I'd certainly order it again (even at its high price). Drinkable enjoyable fare with a balanced flavour and a nice uncommon hop profile.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

A totally cloudy orange body with good lacing. Smell hints at hops but the flavor is more malt forward than hoppy which is a little disappointing. Flavor of orange and mineral aftertaste round things out. Clean finish with minimal lingering. While good, with the pedigree that HF has built up, this one falls short unfortunately.

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3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.49 out of 5 based on 1,841 ratings.
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